Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham Has appointed Liz Sayce from Mind as HAZ director. 'Her experience in mental health will be invaluable in helping solve some of the most pressing social exclusion problems.'

Sandwell Sophia Christie, the current director of Sandwell Health Partnership, which was created to bring together health and social services initiatives, will oversee the HAZ.

Plymouth Debra Lapthorne, a health visitor in Plymouth, has been seconded to the HAZ team as its leader. The HAZ has used 12 facilitators to contact over 500 community groups.

Manchester, Salford and Trafford Has appointed Edna Robinson, a nurse and midwife and former director of healthcare development at Manchester health authority, as director.

East London and the City Expects to make an appointment within the next few months.

Luton Robert Nessling, the assistant director of learning disabilities and mental health at Bedfordshire HA, has been appointed as director.

North Cumbria No appointment yet. A senior manager from the county council has been brought in on secondment for a day and a half each week. The HAZ was concerned about creating its own tier of bureaucracy.

Tyne and Wear Will be appointing a co-ordinating chief executive on secondment from one of the health authorities.